Melissa Bishop ran the fastest time by a Canadian in history with a 1:57.02 in the women’s 800m. The 28-year-old Eganville, Ont. native finished fourth in the Olympic final behind winner Caster Semenya, who ran 1:55.28, a South African record.

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Bishop, the previous record holder, lowered her own mark by .41 seconds to narrowly miss the podium. Kenya’s Margaret Wambui beat her for third and Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba finished in the silver medal position.

The fourth place finish matches Canada’s best-ever placing in the women’s 800m at the Olympics. Jenny Thompson finished fourth in 1928.

The field, led by Niyonsaba, the world indoor champion, went through the first lap in 57.59 seconds. Bishop ran a very smart race tactically but could not defeat Wambui for the bronze.

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Bishop won the silver medal at the 2015 world championships and was the Pan Am Games champion in the 800m. She is coached by Dennis Fairall out of Windsor, Ont.

Canada has won six athletics medals as of Friday evening. The team won just one medal at the 2012 Olympics on the track and in the field.

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Results

FINAL SPLITS

SPLIT ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
600m Francine NIYONSABA BDI 1:26.72
400m Francine NIYONSABA BDI 57.59
POS BIB ATHLETE MARK DETAIL
1 1170 Caster SEMENYARSA 1:55.28 NR
2 370 Francine NIYONSABABDI 1:56.49
3 959 Margaret Nyairera WAMBUIKEN 1:56.89 PB
4 468 Melissa BISHOPCAN 1:57.02 NR
5 1102 Joanna JÓZWIKPOL 1:57.37 PB
6 724 Lynsey SHARPGBR 1:57.69 PB
7 386 Marina ARZAMASOVABLR 1:59.10
8 1345 Kate GRACEUSA 1:59.57

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